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exploration of religious terrorism over time

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Date Issued:
2011
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The current study is a content analysis and comparison of news articles from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The objective of this study is to explore media coverage of terrorism over the last five decades to determine the impact of religion and to compare coverage between two respected news sources that are known for their liberal (New York Times) and conservative (Wall Street Journal) view points. Using a stratified random sample, 1,832 news articles were selected between 1960 and 2006 from the two news sources of interest. The articles were read, analyzed, and categorized. Then, a qualitative analysis examined a random selection of articles pertaining to religious terrorist events. Results suggest an increase in coverage of religiously perpetrated terrorism in recent decades. Interestingly, coverage from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal showed similar patterns despite being representative of opposite ideologies. Implications are discussed.
Title: An exploration of religious terrorism over time: a content analysis of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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Name(s): Zurburg, Heather.
College for Design and Social Inquiry
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
electronic resource
Extent: xi, 90 p. : ill. (some col.)
Language(s): English
Summary: The current study is a content analysis and comparison of news articles from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The objective of this study is to explore media coverage of terrorism over the last five decades to determine the impact of religion and to compare coverage between two respected news sources that are known for their liberal (New York Times) and conservative (Wall Street Journal) view points. Using a stratified random sample, 1,832 news articles were selected between 1960 and 2006 from the two news sources of interest. The articles were read, analyzed, and categorized. Then, a qualitative analysis examined a random selection of articles pertaining to religious terrorist events. Results suggest an increase in coverage of religiously perpetrated terrorism in recent decades. Interestingly, coverage from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal showed similar patterns despite being representative of opposite ideologies. Implications are discussed.
Identifier: 748370798 (oclc), 3174311 (digitool), FADT3174311 (IID), fau:3679 (fedora)
Note(s): by Heather Zurburg.
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2011.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2011. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Mass media and public opinion
Terrorism and mass media
Mass media policy
Newspapers -- United States -- Objectivity
War on Terrorism, 2001- -- Press coverage -- United States
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/3174311
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Host Institution: FAU